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Rose Jaffe’s Women in Color | April 4 – 26, 2015


Opening Saturday, April 4, 6 – 10pm, The Fridge presents Women in Color featuring all new works from DC-based contemporary artist and illustrator Rose Jaffe. Jaffe’s expressive approach to line, color and form provide a refreshing take on traditional portraiture.

Artworks on deep cherry and pine wood panels range in size from miniature to 4’ x 6’. The artist applies bold, striking color to contrast the wood’s earthy tones to create an unexpected blend of the synthetic and natural. The works on wood will be displayed alongside a large scale indoor mural and sculpture using repurposed mannequin heads.

Jaffe’s works communicate and celebrate the complex emotion and dynamism of young women living today. Subjects for the pieces come from myriad backgrounds reflecting the totality of the artist’s life including local dancers and members of the creative community as well as family. The use of color serves as a critical element in the works.

Jaffe says, “For years I worked strictly in black and white. For these works, I want to explore color’s role in the mood, sensuality and purpose of a piece. I have changed a significant amount since moving home to Washington, DC, and these pieces reflect that transformation. This show aims to redefine color away from our skin tone. I look into our bodies, our energy, our movements, emotion and thoughts – to the potentially endless pulsing colors running in and around us – and bring those to the outside.”


  • Opening Reception: Saturday, April 4, 6 – 10pm
  • Artist Talk: Saturday, April 11, 2 – 3pm
  • Closing Reception: Sunday, April 26, 3 – 6pm

About the Artist

Rose Jaffe is an illustrator and portrait artist born, raised and currently residing in Washington, D.C. She earned her BFA at the School of Art and Design at the University of Michigan. She is an art teacher and administrator at Parkmont High School and teaches fine arts throughout the year at Words, Beats and Life; an arts and hip-hop non profit. She is the co-founder of 2B Artist Studios, a collectively run art space that hosts workshops, gallery shows and events. When she is not teaching or organizing, she pursues her own artwork, with themes of social justice and women empowerment.